Seven years ago, I made the life-altering decision of hiring a coach. After decades of sleepwalking, I woke up. I made the courageous decision that only I can define and shape the work of my own life. Have you made this decision for yourself yet?
Before that, decisions made weren’t for me. They were made for community, for service, for my parents. I saw so much of my parents’ hardships as new immigrants, and I saw so much of my community’s struggles, and I had so much educational privilege, that my whole point of view was based on making sure I wasn’t a waste, that resources poured into me weren’t wasted.
All of my decisions were based on fear of not doing and not being enough.
You think that way long enough, things start to hit the fan. And I’m so glad they did. Coaching came into my life soon after I decided that my life was worth living for me. Hiring a coach changed the way I saw my life forever. Those coaching sessions were my own commitment to myself to consciously decide who I wanted to become, what type of life I wanted to live, what kind of impact I wanted to make, not out of guilt, but out of desire.
We are the only ones who can define and shape the work of our lives.
I loved the empowerment that I experienced when being coached so much that 2 years as a coaching client, a job change, and a presidential gala later, I quit my job to become a coach. Once I empowered myself, it was contagious. Today, I help change-makers stand up for their own lives.
Today, I get to change lives and communities every day, finally on my own terms, doing what I love.
Today, I’m partnered with Dr. Towanna Burrous as the leaders of CoachDiversity Institute. In our work, we certify new coaches, we create coaching and leadership programs for cutting-edge organizations, and we provide a platform to amplify the great work of diverse coaches. We empower diverse leaders so they can do the same for the teams, their communities, and their families.
In this field, I get to be a lifelong learner and a lifelong teacher.
As a coach, I benefit too. Not only do I get to empower people to move forward with their powerful visions for how the world should work, but I get to spend time on myself, too. You see, in order to help others work through their junk, we coaches have to do the same. We can’t show up authentically if we don’t. In order to be a powerful coaching professional, it is imperative for me to continue developing myself and learn deeper tools to help us humans live fulfilled lives.
If you work with people, coaching skills will transform your world.
This skills of coaching are applicable across all sectors. If you work with people, if you are a movement builder, a negotiator, a leader, coaching skills will transform the way you work. We invite leaders, managers, diversity professionals, educators, and organizers alike to come join us in this work.